The prevalence of mental illness within the Indian criminal justice system

Chong, Mark David, Fellows, Jamie, Jose, Sonny, Francis, Abraham P., and Williams, Kelly-Ann (2017) The prevalence of mental illness within the Indian criminal justice system. In: Chong, Mark David, and Francis, Abraham P., (eds.) Demystifying Criminal Justice Social Work in India. Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA, USA, pp. 50-81.

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[Extract] In recent years, the provision of social work services has become an increasingly indispensable element within the criminal jus- tice system (Treger & Allen, 2007), most notably in countries such as the United States, Canada and Scotland (Champagne & Felizardo, n.d.; Scottish Government, 2010; Treger & Allen, 2007). Variously labelled as criminal justice, correctional or forensic social workers (Wilson, 2010), these practitioners now represent one of the foremost providers of bio-psychosocial services to offender populations and victims of crime in these countries. Whether in collaboration with other criminal justice professionals-the police, prison wardens, probation/parole officers-or with colleagues who specialise in diverse fields such as housing, employment, child welfare, mental health, clinical or education, social work intervention and support is now regarded as fundamental in frontline services as well as administrative functions. These specialist skills may be utilised in a number of ways, for example, in adult prisons, youth detention centres, The Prevalence of Mental Illness within the Indian Criminal Justice System 51 probation and parole agencies, the courts, community-based non-profit or non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith- based agencies as well as primary health and behavioural clinics that serve low socio-economic status clients, many of whom themselves are ex-convicts (Wilson, 2010, p. 1).

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